Bigfoot Sightings - Do You Believe in Bigfoot?

by kajohu

There have been reported Bigfoot, or Sasquatch, sightings in Michigan, where I live. I had thought all "sightings" were in the Pacific Northwest. What does this mean?

Do you believe in Bigfoot? Have you seen a Sasquatch?

I admit it - I'm a Sasquatch skeptic. But as Mulder of X-Files said, "I want to believe".

Recently I read a news article of Bigfoot sightings in my home state of Michigan, which pushed me to do some research on this elusive and legendary ape-like or humanoid cryptid (life form that has been suggested, but not proven to exist).

Here's what I found.

Bigfoot in Michigan?

I sat up and took notice of a recent article in our local Michigan newspaper that reported on Bigfoot sightings in Michigan, including a few sightings in our own county near an area where we go hiking.  Whoa!   That's the first I had heard of Bigfoots, also known as Sasquatches, in Michigan!  What does that mean?

I posted that news story on my Facebook page because I thought it was pretty funny.  Frankly, I figured the people who had reported the bigfoot sightings were probably nutcases, or else very suggestible and gullible. 

But...

A friend responded and said she and a friend had a "Bigfoot sighting" a few years ago.

She said they had been driving home late at night in an area near one of Michigan's national forests, and they saw;

"... two large brown legs run super fast across the road. Too tall and fast to be human, and too big and too few legs to be a deer. Kinda weird."

Huh...

Kinda weird indeed!!  What could they have seen? Perhaps the headlights only lit up two legs of a four legged creature.  But still, a Sasquatch would have fatter legs than a deer, and longer legs than a bear!   Wouldn't it?   (I thought moose or elk could be possibilities, but they don't live in that area, and I still think their legs would be skinnier than Bigfoot legs!)

My friend isn't the gullible sort.  I figure she and her friend aren't positive of what they saw.  But they saw something!  Wouldn't it be cool if they really saw a Sasquatch!

Sure, I'm a skeptic.  On the other hand, I want to believe!   I want there to be weird and wonderful oddities in this world, including Bigfoot!

What is a Sasquatch?

Bigfoot Background

Sasquatches, or Bigfoots, are large ape-like, or humanoid creatures that purportedly live in North America, mostly along the Pacific Coast states and provinces. These hairy creatures are generally larger than humans, 6' - 10' tall, and can weigh more than 500 pounds.  They typically have brown or reddish brown hair (not fur).

The word "Sasquatch" comes from a Pacific Northwest Native American word for "wild man" or "hairy giant", and is a part of many Native American legends.  The first recorded "sighting" of a Sasquatch by a white man was in 1811.  (See Bigfoot of North America)

The term "Bigfoot" was coined in the 1950's from large humanoid footprints that were found in California.   Other names for this North American hominid include "skunk ape", "skookum", and "mountain devil".   More ape-like cryptids (animals whose existence has been unproven) have been reported from around the world, like the yeti (abominable snowman)  from Himalayan Nepal and Tibet.

Rhettman Mullis, from Bigfootology, thinks that fairytales about ogres, trolls, giants, and bogeymen may really be from sightings of Bigfoot-like animals in different parts of the world.  That's a fascinating idea, don't you think?

This image of a Sasquatch, to the left, is probably the most recognized picture of Bigfoot.  It's from a film taken by Roger Patterson in 1967 of a Sasquatch in northern California.

Patterson had been searching for Bigfoot for many years.  In 1967, he and his friend, Robert Gimlin, set off to explore a wilderness area in northern California, hoping to find and film a Sasquatch. 

Here's a YouTube link to the footage that he filmed:  Roger Patterson Bigfoot film (you'll start to see a clear image of "subject" at about 26 seconds).  The film is jumpy in areas because Patterson is running after the creature.

Many people think this was a well-done hoax of a man in an ape costume.  But Bill Munns, Hollywood costume designer and computer animator, examined the film closely, and considers it to be real.

Watch Analysis of Patterson/Gimlin Bigfoot Film by Bill Munns, originally on the National Geographic channel.

Read more about the Patterson / Gimlin film and responses, including those who think the film is fake, and those who believe that it is authentic, on OregonBigFoot.com.

Bigfoot Research

Most people believe that the Sasquatch is only a mythical creature, a part of folklore and tall tales, and sightings are either misidentifications of other animals such as bears, or humans wearing large heavy coats and backpacks (or in the earlier history of North America, perhaps "mountain men" wearing animal furs and skins for warmth), or out-an-out hoaxes. 

But there are also a number of organizations and researchers who believe that Sasquatch, or Bigfoot exists.  While they agree that the majority of "sightings" are fake, they think there is enough evidence to suggest that Bigfoot does exist.

BFRO (Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization) has a great FAQ page if you want to learn more about Bigfoots, including what kind of physical evidence there is, and why we haven't found any Bigfoot remains. It also lists Bigfoot sightings by region.

Find Bigfoot on Facebook has posted some interesting videos with commentary.  Some of these videos are also on YouTube.   Many of the videos don't show much -- vague shapes and possible movement of humanoid creatures, but they're not necessarily convincing. 

Representative Bigfoot Videos

Fake or authentic? What do you think?

Map of Sasquatch / Bigfoot Sightings in the U.S. and Canada

Not knowing much about Bigfoots, I thought that all sightings had been in the Pacific Northwest. 

As you can see here, most sightings are along the western states and provinces, but all other continental states and most Canadian provinces also have had reported Sasquatch sightings.

My home state of Michigan shows a moderate amount of sightings.

Map of Bigfoot sightings is from Wikipedia Commons, and has been released into the public domain.  Map was created from the BFRO Geographical Database of Bigfoot/Sasquatch Sightings & Reports.

Oxford University to Do DNA Tests on "Bigfoot" Hair

During the week of May 21, 2012, Oxford University announced that it plans to do DNA tests on donated samples of blood, hair, and items chewed on by "Bigfoots" and "Yetis".  

During the next few months, a research team will decide which samples to use, and will publish their results in a scientific journal.  One of the researchers, Bryan Sykes, acknowledges that there's not a big chance that they'll prove the existence of Yetis and Sasquatches, but believes the study is worthwhile.

Negative results wouldn't be conclusive evidence that Bigfoot doesn't exist, but positive results would be evidence that these creatures do exist.  That would be exciting, don't you think?

Some previous Yeti hair samples have been tested....and they turned out to be bison hairs.  

Campers terrorized by Sasquatch, caught on film...

Are you a practical jokester?   Here's a great Sasquatch costume to fool your friends!  Just don't get caught by a hunter!

Do You Believe Bigfoot Exists?

What do you think?   Are Bigfoots real?   Have you seen one or known a reliable person who has seen a Sasquatch? Or are all of these sightings hoaxes or products of over-active imaginations? 

Have you taken a look at some of the resources I've included that give research "evidence"?

Are there such creatures as the Sasquatch?
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Share your reasons in the comment section!
Do You Want to Believe?

Some Great Books About Sasquatch / Bigfoot Research

Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science

In this landmark work on a subject too often dismissed as paranormal or disreputable, Jeffrey Meldrum gives us the first book on Sasquatch to be written by a scientist with impe...

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Bigfoot! : The True Story of Apes in America

For years, scientists and researchers have studied, speculated about, and searched for an enigmatic creature that is legendary in the annals of American folklore. Now, learn the...

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Bigfoot Casebook updated: Sightings And Encounters from 1818 to 2004

With pictures and stories the Bords present cases of encounters with Bigfoot. The Bigfoot story has moved from certainty of the creatures existence to claims of hoaxes, trickery...

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Updated: 01/25/2015, kajohu
 
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kajohu on 10/30/2014

Hi Frank,
I agree that cryptozoology should not be seen as a paranormal activity! Although I do have my doubts about the existence of Bigfoot, I also do think that they could be well-hidden especially in the vast wildernesses of the Pacific Northwest (Oregon, Washington State). They would have learned to be very cautious and secretive around humans, because humans kill what they are afraid of.

frankbeswick on 10/30/2014

I am open minded. We have fossils from Asia of a large ape bigger than a gorilla, which is named Gigantopithecus. Apparently there were three species thereof, and the last became extinct only ten million years ago, or so scientists think. But that is nothing in evolutionary time. Suppose that it were not extinct and some had got to North America, crossing the land bridge which existed in glacial times. It might still survive.

My opinion on cryptozoology as it should not be seen as a paranormal activity, as some regard it. Unknown animals are a purely scientific matter to be identified scientifically. Sadly, as is the custom with academia, many academics will not accept any new phenomena/creatures, until they encounter them. Then they will trumpet themselves as the discoverers. "Professor Ego, the discoverer of Bigfoot!"

kajohu on 10/29/2014

I hope you find him, bigfoot123! Let me know if you do.

bigfoot123 on 10/29/2014

I have hard him so i am looking for him

kajohu on 12/05/2012

Hi Katie,
Actually some people who say they have seen Bigfoot have seen young ones occasionally -- infants and youth. And most of the time they stay well away from people living in remote areas. If they're real :-)

katiem2 on 12/05/2012

I don't believe in Bigfoot. After all these years how would he or it survive and procreate. If Bigfoot did have little big feet wouldn't they be running about playing and getting noticed? Oh the unanswered big foot questions. Hmmmm I just don't know! :)K

kajohu on 12/04/2012

Jo, I am such a geek about Bigfoot right now :-) I want so much for them to be real, and when I talk about it to friends, they roll their eyes or very politely try to explain why BF can't be real. They have good enough reasons, but it doesn't mean they're right. Although it doesn't necessarily mean they're wrong....I just hope they are. But the possible DNA study is very intriguing.

JoHarrington on 12/04/2012

Yeah, but you were quicker on this one. :)

I'm just pleased that it's not just me fascinated by this subject. I feel the same as you do about the research by Dr Ketchum. I have two scientists standing by to read it and give me their expert opinions, but it won't be legitimate until that peer review is completed.

I didn't know about the actual Sasquatch body out there. Article please!

kajohu on 12/01/2012

I saw Jo Harrington's article on the DNA study by Melba Ketchum (I was thinking about writing it, but she's quicker than I am :-) ). There might be something to it all, although I won't be 100% convinced until the DNA results are for sure accepted by other scientists (there's another DNA study being done by another group which may be out in a month or two), and/or there's an actual Sasquatch body that is being studied. I'm keeping my fingers crossed though!

Mira on 12/01/2012

This is unbelievable. So there might be something to it after all. I never gave it much thought but started getting interested in the debate reading articles here on Wizzley :)


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